Dd has got what seems to be a nasty little virus, and spent most of last night sleepless and coughing really badly. She is coughing so hard she's spitting up and gagging. She is really suffering with it bless her - it's so heartbreaking to listen to .
Does anyone know anything I can do to help her tonight? Apart from the obvious useless medicines - unless anyone can recommend one that actually helps?
prop her mattress up a bit wet flannel on the radiator eucalyptus oil on the flannel or her pillow to help decongest too and some obvious useless medicine; medised/calprofen and tickly cough med as well id say
Boil a kettle in her room (out of her reach obviously) and let the steam loose in there. At this time of year when we use the heating it dries the air too much which can make coughing worse - so a little moisture in the air may help a bit.
Its awful isn't it to see your DC so distressed due to coughing. DD had a really bad virus for over 2 weeks in October, she had a bad cough but I was told not to give her any cough medicine as it doesn't actually deal with the cough it just supresses the brain activity causing the coughing
I don't know how true that is though.
I ended up just iding it out with her and made sure she had plenty to drink after an episode of coughing to help her.
Sorry not much help am I, hopefuly someone will come along with some much better advice for you.
My sisters daughter had a very long lasting cough (along with other things...) earlier this year, and was advised to get her to 'huff' when she needed to cough rather than actually coughing - did the same thing, but didnt use the vocal cords as much, and therefore didnt hurt her throat and cause the gagging etc she had been doing. Not sure if your dd will be able to do this, but worth a try?!
DD1 had a cough for weeks last winter - after 3 visits to the GP I realised they weren't going to help and did some research. Bought a humidifier for her room (which had 15% humudity with the "comfort zone" being over 40%) - about 30 quid from Argos I think. Never heard the cough again. Have just fetched it out of the shed to try again this winter, as she's started up again.
My girls often suffer from CROUP, which is a mare in as far as coughs go.
My tips would be to invest in a humidifier - I brought one from the Healthy House, you can find it on the web (british allergy site) and it has been a god send.
I back everyone in what has already been said, I added extra pillows or when they were young, propped their mattress up. We put books under the legs/cots at the top, to raise the bed therefore not needing to mess around with the mattress.